Grade schoolers in La Union perform the tinikling, the Philippine national dance. The tinikling is at risk of vanishing with the inroads of dances popularized by Hollywood celebrities and their local imitators. Its being in danger of dying out is part of the Philippines’ overall deculturization through inundation of Western influences. But there are still efforts to keep it and other Philippine cultural forms alive.
BY ACE ALEGRE
Vol. VII, No. 30, September 2-8, 2007